Swanson's versatile Hand Warmer Pockets

Relay for Life Fundraiser

Relay for Life Fundraiser

I’m very proud to say that I have been involved in the American Cancer Society or sometimes known as the Relay For Life. I hope your family is all in good health. If not, you know how important and serious this decease (cancer) is. I know this very well as I lost my father in 1975 at the age of 49 due to cancer.

I was only 19 at the time of his death. We have come a long way in 35 years, but there is still a long way to go. Each year I mail out letters to my family and friends requesting donations for the Relay for Life. In the year 2010, I mailed out 100 letters and got over 70% back, for a total of $2,410.00. I have been doing this for over 10 years now. This is the fourth year that I have sponsored the Swanson Sales team at the Relay for Life and my team has raised over $21,190.25.

I have designed a Pink Cancer Hand Warmer Pocket that I use for fundraising. For each pink pocket I sell for $19.95, I will donate $10.00 of it to the Relay For Life. If you have a pink cancer hat you need a cancer pocket to go with it. This is a win win for you. You will feel good about your $10.00 donation for cancer and you will have a very unique product that is light enough to wear in the summer when your bicycling, hiking etc., and in the fall or early spring it has a unique pocket for a hand warmer. The pocket has two larger pockets in the front so you can carry any number of smaller things in them. The pocket is great for sports fans at soccer, hockey, football, and baseball games. You will be proud to wear it at anytime. I want to thank you for taking time to read about why I fell so strongly about this great Cancer Fundraiser. Together we can help fight this battle against cancer and help all the people who are already fighting this horrible disease.


Thank You and God Bless,

Arnold Swanson


Commemorative Speech in Honor of Arnie Swanson

by Terra McKinney, Swanson Sales Team Member, Relay for Life

More than 1,500 people per day die from cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. Imagine a world free of this disease! Today, I would like to honor Arnie Swanson. Arnie at the age of 19, lost his father to cancer. Arnie wanted to honor his father and dedicate his time to helping find a cure for cancer. That’s when he decided to join the fight with the American Cancer Society. Arnie is a kind, loyal, and honest person who has been dedicating his time to this great cause. Many hours, many days, and many months.

Arnie has now been fundraising for over 16 years as Relay for Life Team Captain. Arnie has over 40 valuable team members that help fund raise. Arnie mails out 100 letters to friends, family, and neighbors each year asking for a donation. He also goes door to door to local businesses. At his work he sells candy bars and holds pot lucks throughout the year to help raise money. He organizes a Benefit (including silent auction items, dinner, etc.). his past year Arnie and his team raised over $16,000. Arnie and his team were the 2nd largest fundraising team at Relay for Life.

Arnie is praiseworthy of his hard work and dedication to going above and beyond to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He believes that every dollar makes a difference. He sacrifices his time and energy each and every year without expecting anything in return.

In conclusion, I want to honor and thank Arnie for all he has done. I hope everyone is inspired by Arnie’s emotional commitment and passion to the American Cancer Society. I know I am. “We all have the capacity to be a super hero. In order to become one, you just have to find your unique power or ability and exploit it for the greater good. The cape and mask are optional accessories, but a kind heart is essential.”